At LVPS, we believe in developing the whole child: mentally, physically and academically. We also believe these three areas are inseparable. For this reason, we continue to invest heavily in equipment, opportunities and high quality teaching to ensure our children get the very best Physical Education available.
Every child at LVPS should participate in two sessions of PE a week; one indoors, which is usually based around gymnastics, dance or multi-skills, and one outdoors, which will mostly focus on acquiring the skills for, and playing a range of, competitive team sports as well as different athletic skills, both indoor and outdoor, track and field. We currently employ a sports coach from Plymouth Argyle Community Hub to ensure that each class from Y1 – Y6 experiences consistent and quality experiences in outdoor sport. They work closely with staff to ensure appropriate coverage and progression. Over the course of the year 3 different year groups have indoor PE lessons led by PE staff from Lipson Community Academy. These sessions provide quality CPD for teachers as do the lessons which are part of the Plymouth Argyle’s Primary Stars programme which one year group of children take part in for a term at a time.
In Y3 and Y4, children attend a three week, daily, swimming course in place of their indoor PE session. We aim to provide a catch up swimming course for children who need it in Y6.
In addition to our weekly PE lessons, there are daily sports clubs run by the sports coaches, and also school staff, which provide access to a wide range of sporting activities. These also enable children to be part of teams and we take part in many competitions and tournaments run within the city. A sports coach also works during lunch time to extend the activities offered outside.
Having had curtailed outdoor sports facilities over the last 18 months, due to work being done on our school field, we are excited to have the use, from January 2020, of the added facility of a large MUGA (all weather pitch) and a little later in the year we should have a new field as well.
In the Summer Term, our Year 6's participate in a Junior Ten Tors taster walk on Dartmoor. The children can then put their names forward to join one of two teams for the main event in June, a club runs during the Summer Term to prepare the children for the event weekend.
We are proud of our PE provision and currently hold the PE Sports Bronze Kitemark for 2018 – 19 (due to the limited resources we had available last year) but hope to gain silver this year.
To see how we spent our Sports Premium funding, click here.